Nestling in the shadow of the RIBA's Stirling Prize shortlist are the final four schemes fighting it out for the Stephen Lawrence Award, given each year in honour of the black teenager who wanted to be an architect before a brutal murder cut short his life.
Houlton Taylor Architects' Beetham House, Riverside School in Cumbria, architecture plb's Market Lane Public Conveniences, Munkenbeck + Marshall's Sculpture Gallery at Roche Court in Wiltshire and Graham Phillips' Skywood House in Denham are all vying for the cash prize. The award is for buildings costing under £500,000 and will be announced at the Stirling Prize awards night on 19 November before the main awards by riba president Marco Goldschmied.
The main £20,000 cash prize, meanwhile, will go to one of eight buildings, since the riba again refused to make an award for housing or health and made sure that Benson + Forsyth's Museum of Scotland was on the list even though it wasn't a category winner. The others are: education - O'Donnell + Tuomey's Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School in Dublin, Ireland; commercial - Michael Wilford and Partners' Sto Marketing and Training Building in Stuhlingen, Germany; arts and leisure - Future Systems' Natwest Media Centre at Lord's and David Chipperfield Architects' River and Rowing Museum at Henley on Thames; conservation - Foster and Partners' Reichstag; civic and community - Alsop Lyall and Stormer with jle project team's North Greenwich Jubilee Line Station and Chris Wilkinson Architects' Stratford station.